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190 pages | 11 B/W Illus.
Fritz Graf here presents a survey of a god once thought of as the most powerful of gods, and capable of great wrath should he be crossed: Apollo the sun god.
From his first attestations in Homer, through the complex question of pre-Homeric Apollo, to the opposition between Apollo and Dionysos in nineteenth and twentieth-century thinking, Graf examines Greek religion and myth to provide a full account of Apollo in the ancient world.
For students of Greek religion and culture, of myth and legend, and in the fields of art and literature, Apollo will provide an informative and enlightening introduction to this powerful figure from the past.
Why Apollo?: Why Write a Book on a God? Key Themes 1. Apollo in Homer 2. Apollo the Musician 3. Oracular Apollo 4. Apollo, God of Healing 5. Apollo, the Young, and the City 6. Origins Apollo afterwards Chapter 7.Apollo’s Flourishing Aftermath
The gods and heroes of classical antiquity are part of our culture, functioning as sources of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers, filmmakers and designers alike. This series is concerned with how and why these figures continue to fascinate and intrigue. But it has another aim too, namely to explore their strangeness. The familiarity of the gods and heroes risks obscuring a vital difference between modern meanings and ancient functions and purpose.
The diversity of the Gods and Heroes is recognised and the series consists not of biographies of each god or hero but of investigations into their multifaceted aspects within the complex world of ancient paganism. Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World sheds new light on many of the most important religious beings of classical antiquity and provides a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the twenty-first century.
The series is geared to the needs of students in a wide range of fields from Greek and Roman religion and mythology, classical literature and anthropology, to Renaissance literature and cultural studies.